Mundane table hosts great minds—Eight days in the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Birds

There is a simple, sturdy, glass covered wooden table, approximately 8’ x 3 ½’, located in the library of the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian Institution. It has been the center of Christmas parties, retirement parties, birthdays, Alex Wetmore’s 88th birthday party (former Smithsonian Institution Secretary and ornithologist), at least one baby shower, and
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My one-sided, long distance relationship with an Environmental Disaster

Courtesy National Oil Spill Commission On June 13, 2010 I graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor of science in Environmental Biology and Management. Two days later President Obama described the BP oil spill as “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.” I studied environmental issues for four years, and the moment I graduated
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Do Your Part in Reducing Marine Debris

photo: NOAA Marine debris has become one of the most widespread pollution problems affecting the world’s oceans and waterways. A recent study by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation found human debris in all five major ocean gyres (including the well-known Pacific Garbage Patch) http://www.5gyres.org/. Research has proven that debris has serious effects on the marine
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